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Many individuals face persistent inequalities in income, housing, employment, education, and health care access. Recent research demonstrates that such inequities indeed affect one's mental health and well-being. Our research focuses on depression among the Hispanic population of Bexar County. According to data from Policy Map, approximately 60-70 percent of Bexar County’s population identifies as Hispanic. Only 18.4 percent of the general population in the county reports medically diagnosed depression. We suspect that dramatically higher rates of undiagnosed depression exist among Hispanics. Hispanic individuals tend to face underdiagnosis due to factors such as lower socioeconomic status, stigma and stereotypes, racial disparities and discrimination, and other contributing factors. These factors limit, prevent, and ultimately discourage one from seeking a medical diagnosis, treatment, or proper resources to improve their condition. After intensive research, we developed a model resource to assist the residents of Bexar County.